Second-year USHL forward Robert Mastrosimone hopes to continue a strong showing for the Chicago Steel at the NHL Draft, as the team has had three-or-more players taken in each of the last two Drafts.
The Boston University commit is coming off a 60-point season (31-29-60) as he finished tied for 11th in league scoring and was named to the All-USHL Third Team. His 31 goals led the Steel and tied for second-most in a single season in franchise history with Jack Dugan (2017 Round 5, #142 by Vegas Golden Knights). Combined with 16 goals last season during his rookie campaign, Mastrosimone broke the Steel franchise for most regular season goals in team history with 47 through two seasons of play. The former USHL All-Rookie First Team member (2018) became the fourth player in Steel franchise history to eclipse 100 career regular season points and finished his USHL career with 105 points (47-58-105), fourth in Steel history. Mastrosimone trailed only Nick Abruzzese, fellow 2019 NHL Draft prospect, in team scoring. Abruzzese led the USHL with 80 points (29-51-80) in 62 games.
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Mastrosimone was pivotal in Chicago’s run to the Clark Cup Final as Eastern Conference Champions. The forward led all USHL skaters with 15 points (7-8-15) in 11 postseason games. Midway through the season, Mastrosimone represented the Steel at the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he recorded a pair of goals and was named Team East MVP.
The East Islip, N.Y. native represented his country a handful of times this season including appearances for Team USA at the 5 Nations Tournament and World Junior A Challenge.
The Shattuck-St. Mary’s product started the season rated a B skater on both NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary List and Players to Watch list. Mastrosimone was then ranked 49th on the Midterm Rankings and registered 35 points (18-17-35) in the final 28 games of the season after the Midterm rankings were released. The Midterm rankings came in the midst of a 12-game point streak (8-9-17) as Mastrosimone registered points in 23 of 25 games (17-18-35) from January 19 to March 30.
Mastrosimone is among five skaters with Steel ties in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings alongside defensemen Jackson LaCombe (36) and Jeremie Bucheler (114) as well as forwards Abruzzese (122) and Brett Budgell (156). Bucheler (Victoria – BCHL) and Budgell (Charlottetown – QMJHL) appeared in games for the Steel last season.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
“Robert is a high-character, highly competitive, skilled player who scores goals. While not the biggest in stature, he performs his best on the biggest stage evidenced by his production in the Clark Cup Playoffs.”
– Ryan Hardy, Chicago Steel General Manager
“Robert’s relentless compete and tenacious work ethic separates him from his peers. Whether it be penalty kill, powerplay or five-on-five, he consistently finds ways to have an impact in every game.”
– Greg Moore, Chicago Steel Head Coach
“Top Underrated Prospect”
– Mike Morreale, NHL.com Staff Writer
“A pure sniper, Mastrosimone has an extremely heavy wrist shot and excellent release. His shot is already close to NHL ready. He also has a great one-timer. Mastrosimone is smart enough to find the soft spots in the opponent’s defense and set himself up to take a pass from a teammate and take that shot. Mastrosimone is also good at using his hands to change the angle of his shots, creating issues for goaltenders. He absolutely loves to shoot and will let it fly on the net from anywhere.”
– Ben Kerr, Last Word on Hockey
BY THE NUMBERS:
27 – Chicago Steel taken all-time in the NHL Draft
21 – Highest total pick a Chicago player has been selected at (2009, John Moore)
17 – Amount of NHL teams that have drafted Steel
5 – Years in a row at least one Chicago player has been taken in the NHL Draft
4 – Most Steel players taken in one Draft (2017)
For more information, please visit the 2019 NHL Draft Hub.
The NHL Draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver rom June 21-22. For continued coverage of the top USHL prospects heading into the Draft, follow the USHL on Twitter (@USHL), Facebook (ushlhockey) and Instagram (@ushl).
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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